Event: Game Changer or Door Closer: A Roundtable on the Future of Racial Inclusion Post Fisher




















The Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies at Columbia Law School has just shared another exciting event with AAPF!

On Wednesday October 10th the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas--the latest attack on affirmative action programs in our nation's leading public universities and colleges.  The Center, along with a cohort of student groups at Columbia Law School, have banded together to put together an event exploring the fallout from Fisher.

Please join us on Tuesday October 16th from 6pm–8pm at Columbia Law School in New York City for a star-studded event bringing together some of the nation's leading scholars, advocates, and governmental figures to discuss the future of racial inclusion in the wake of Fisher.  Students, practitioners, members of the greater-Columbia University community as well as the general public are invited!

For attorneys seeking CLE credit, two credits are available.  For details regarding pre-registration check out: http://www.law.columbia.edu/centers/intersectionality/fisher-event

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Download the CLE Packet: Fisher CLE Packet (final)


Thursday October 18th, 2012 Screening of "Agents of Change: Black Students and the Transformation of the American University"


Reception starts at 6pm

Screening and Discussion starts at 6.30pm

Hosted by  Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP:

51 West 52nd Street

New York, NY 10019


Join directors Frank Dawson and Abby Ginzberg for a screening of select scenes from their movie Agents of Change: Black Students and the Transformation of the American University.  Executive Director Kimberlé Crenshaw will be part of the after-screening panel, which also includes:

  • Martha Biondi, Professor of African American History, Northwestern University, author of The Black Revolution on Campus
  •   Ibram Rogers, Professor at SUNY Albany, author of The Black Campus Movement
  •  Wayne Glasker, Professor of History, Rutgers-Camden, where he directs the African American Studies Program, author of Black Students in the Ivory Tower

Click here to learn more about the movie!

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Volunteer Opportunities with the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies

  The Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies at Columbia Law School has just shared  call for volunteers.  The Center, founded in 2011 by AAPF Executive Director Kimberlé Crenshaw, is currently collaborating with AAPF on many exciting projects that help further both institution's commitment to fighting for gender and racial equality here in the US and abroad.  This is great and exciting way to volunteer your time!


From the Center:


Interested in affirmative action, the school-to-prison pipeline, disability studies, or gender discrimination?  Looking for opportunities to engage in cutting edge social justice work with a chance to design and create next generation tools to combat structural inequality in the United States?  Recently graduated and looking for a way to further develop practical skills that will help you stand out in your next interview?

The Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies at Columbia Law School is proud to announce the opening of several volunteer opportunities for students and volunteers of all ages!

The Center engages in holistic social justice advocacy work tying together the resources of one of the nation’s preeminent law schools and the vision of our founder, Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw, to produce next generation advocacy reports, research, and community education tools currently used on the frontlines of the war for equality across myriad social justice movements.

Our past projects include: advocate toolkits used by community groups engaged in prison pipeline reform; a educational board game used to teach people of all ages about structural inequality throughout US history; and scholarly reports focused on resource disparities across race, class, and medical condition.

Past and present volunteers have joined us from across the nation, and from different academic disciplines, professions, and different career stages.  The Center takes a holistic approach to its institutional work as well as its personnel development—no matter what your prior experience, future career ambitions, or past exposure to social justice movements and work there is a place for you at the Center.

Current Needs:

  • College Students
  • Community Activists
  • Experienced Grant Writers
  • Graduate Students (social work, humanities, social sciences)
  • Graphic Designers (all skill levels)
  • Law Students
  • Researchers (familiarity with basic university-level research as well as aptitude with free search engines like Google Scholar)
  • Teachers/ Education Reform Advocates
  • Web Design (all levels)
  • Web/Social Media Marketing Gurus



  • We ask that volunteers commit to at least 2hrs a week per academic semester.



  • Volunteers based in the NYC-metro area will be given preference, but the Center is also open to volunteers able to telecommute.


If you are interested in exploring a volunteer opportunity with the Center please send resumé/CV as an email attachment to: intersectionality@law.columbia.edu.  In your email please include a brief description of your interest in the Center.



Executive Director Kimberlé Crenshaw Speaks at American Sociology Association's Annunal Meeting, August 16th, 2012


Opening Plenary Session. Equality

 August 16, 7:00 - 9:00 PM (MDT) - Hyatt Regency Denver



From the ASA's Annual Meeting Website:

At the core of the idea of real utopias is the problem of realizing ideals of social justice, and in one way or another, these ideals are always bound up with questions about equality. Equality is also part of the normative context for one of the central preoccupations of sociology - understanding the causes and consequences of diverse forms of inequality, especially class, gender and race. This first plenary, then, will examine various issues connecting equality and real utopias.

At the opening of the plenary, there will be a 30-minute spoken word performance on social justice and real utopias by students from the First Wave Spoken Word and Hip Hop Arts Learning Community, a cutting edge multicultural artistic program for incoming students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

"Real Begets Real" -- a performance based scholarship using the unfiltered narrative structure of spoken-word in which First Wave Scholars deconstruct social realities that challenge the success of a "real utopia" through the lens of personal experiences. Representing diverse urban communities in the USA, these artist scholars seek to exemplify the possibility of "real utopias" by valuing partnerships, responding to realities and building collaboratively as they aspire to create a new space where individuality, personal and corporate responsibility contribute to a common good.


Click here for the live feed broadcasted from the American Sociological Association.

Check out AAPF's Interrogating Colorblindness Project, one of AAPF's many groundbreaking projects highlighted by Crenshaw tonight!